Coconut sugar is extracted from the sage of the flowers of the coconut palm tree. Once extracted, it is cooked on a low heat so that the moisture evaporates. In this way the sage changes its color (towards brown) and crystallizes to become sugar.
The extraction process is one of the main differences between coconut sugar and other types of sweeteners such as white sugar, brown sugar or agave syrup. By not being highly processed, it keeps part of the nutrients of the flower and preserve its properties. Because of this, it is considered one of the healthiest sweeteners that exist and is included within the group of superfoods.
Benefits of consuming coconut sugar
Low glycemic index
Coconut sugar, like the other substances we use to sweeten our dishes, contains a significant amount of carbohydrates. However, unlike other sweeteners, this type of sugar has a low glycemic index, which gives us more energy and, at the same time, helps us control weight. In the case of diabetics it is especially appropriate since it allows regulating blood sugar levels.
Rich in minerals
The consumption of coconut sugar provides our body with important amounts of minerals such as iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. Thanks to this, it contributes to improve our mechanism of obtaining energy and facilitates the synthesis of a multitude of vital structures (enzymes, hormones, proteins …).
Source of vitamins
Vitamins are other micronutrients that are preserved thanks to its low processing. Especially we can highlight the content of vitamin A, C and B6, which facilitates the maintenance and tissue formation.
High content of amino acids
Finally, the sugar from the coconut tree also gives us different types of amino acids, such as glutamic acid, which is vital for proper cell function, or aspartic acid, which is involved in the protein formation process and acts as a neurotransmitter.
Despite its benefits and represent a much healthier alternative to table sugar (white sugar), it is still a sweetener and therefore we must control its consumption. It is not about adding five tablespoons of coconut sugar to the tea or stuff yourself with sweets for being made with this superfood. A reasonable consumption that helps us to give sweetness without abusing is the ideal option to enjoy while taking care of ourselves.